What’s the local impact of national arts simulcasts?

Posted on: January 31, 2011

In Sunday’s (1/30) Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), Jeffrey Sheban writes, “First the Met, now the Phil. Another big name in music—one that could give the Columbus Symphony and other midlevel orchestras a run for their money—has come to a movie theater near you. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by dynamic young Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, is broadcasting three live Sunday concerts this season in almost 450 theaters in the United States and Canada—including five in central Ohio. … Promoters insist that the broadcasts won’t compete with performances by the Columbus Symphony and other orchestras but will expand interest in the art form and attract new audiences to live classical music in nearby concert halls. … Roland Valliere, president and chief creative officer of the Columbus Symphony, isn’t so sure. Valliere, who is moving the orchestra toward more interactive performances while exploring ways to deliver content with smart-phone applications and Internet downloads, is intrigued by the LA Phil technology but wary of the ramifications. … Press Southworth, executive director of Opera Columbus, said the ‘Met Live in HD’ series hadn’t attracted new patrons to central Ohio opera performances.”

Posted January 31, 2011